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National Forest sells Christmas tree permits

The Mt. Hood National Forest is selling Christmas tree permits for personal use.

Permits cost $5 each, and there is a limit of five per household. An informational sheet with the rules of cutting trees is included with the permit.

Permits can be purchased at The Estacada Tackle Shop, 210 S.E. Highway 224.

Clackamas County seeks forestry rep

Clackamas County is seeking seven limited-term members to advise the County Parks & Forest Manager and ULAC project team in creating a Clackamas County Forestry Product Cooperative pilot project.

The goal of the group will be to make a final recommendation to the Clackamas County Commissioners for the project’s feasibility.

Candidates will be city representatives with experience in forestry, wood products, natural resources, economic development, urban planning, public works, conservation or cooperatives.

Membership is 20 months and expires June 20, 2017. The board meets quarterly.

Committee members must live in incorporated cities in Clackamas County or be affiliated with the city as a staff person.

No two committee members will be selected from the same city.

The applicant will need to submit written support from their city council. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Nov. 24.  Applications are available online at www.clackamas.us/miscapp/application.jsp or in paper form from the Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs by calling 503-655-8751 or in person at the Public Services Building at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City.

State Parks permits available on website

The all-terrain vehicle permit and Oregon State Parks day-use parking permits are available for online purchase at www.oregonstateparks.org.

They can be found by clicking the “Shop” link on the website. The 12-month parking permit is $30 and the 24-month parking permit is $50, and both are honored at all Oregon State Parks that charge a day-use parking fee. Displaying the $10 ATV permit on ATVs operated on public lands designed for ATV use is required.

Partnership tackles weeds near Clackamas River

The Clackamas River Invasive Species Partnership has organized an effort to control invasive weeds along the Clackamas River.

A recent study by the Oregon Department of Agriculture found an annual loss in personal income of $83.5 million for just 25 of the 131 noxious weeds within the state, so CRISP recently completed a plan that dictates priorities and strategies for coordinating management of invasive weeds across the Clackamas River Basin.

The invasive weeds targeted by the group impair water quality, degrade natural areas important for fish and wildlife, reduce the productivity of farms and reduce property values.

For a copy of the CRISP Plan, contact either the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District at 503-210-6000 or the Clackamas River Basin Council at 503-303-4372.

CCC named among best schools for vets

Military Times has named Clackamas Community College one of the best schools in the nation for veterans.

Their Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings has three categories: four-year, two-year and online and nontraditional. In the two-year category, CCC ranked first in the West and fourth nationally.

In addition to data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense Departments and Education Department sources, the rankings consider services, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties.

Governor creates fund for rural entrepreneurs

Gov. Kate Brown and Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, will invest $250,000 to support a new rural entrepreneurship program. Business Oregon will award grants to public agencies and nonprofits to expand opportunities in rural areas. More information can be found at www.oregon4biz.com/Innovate-&-Create/RED-Grant. 

Cemeteries group seeks volunteers

The Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries is seeking volunteers in northeastern Oregon, southern Oregon and the greater Portland area. The commission consists of seven citizens and maintains a list of all pioneer and historic cemeteries in Oregon, obtains grant funding, seeks legislative appropriations for historic cemeteries and helps coordinate restoration, renovation and maintenance of historic cemeteries across the state.

The commission is seeking members with knowledge of cemeteries, historic preservation, genealogy, cultural and burial practices of ethnic groups found in Oregon, archaeology, landscaping and native plants and history.

The group meets four times per year in changing locations around the state. Occasionally, there may be additional meetings for extra projects.

The application deadline is Dec. 20. To apply, send a letter of interest and resume to commission coordinator Kuri Gill at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov. Include your reasons for wanting to serve on the commission, any skills or knowledge you will bring to its work and ideas or goals you have for your participation.

Reward offered for missing guitars

A reward is being offered for the recovery of two missing guitars. The guitars are a Yamaha 12 string F-Red Label Acoustic and a black Schecter electric with green trim.

They were last seen on Oct. 27 in the Burnett family’s garage on Northeast Second Avenue. A $500 reward is being offered for the recovery of either instrument. Contact David Burnett, 503-502-2335.